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Port Washington Narrows Bridge

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Port Washington Narrows Bridge

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Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in January 2011

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A Brief Summary of the Warren Avenue Port Narrows Crossing 

Written by K. A. Erickson

As World War Two got underway it became apparent to officials of Bremerton and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that more than one bridge was required to cross Port Washington Narrows. The Manette Bridge was too narrow, inadequate to handle the bustling traffic between the Manette Peninsula and downtown. The government was lobbied but support failed to materialize until fifteen years later.

After $5 million in bonds were issued the state tolling agency contracted with Tudor Engineering of San Francisco, CA to design a bridge for the Warren Avenue crossing. Peter Kiewit and Sons Company of Vancouver, WA completed the structure in November 1958. Tolls were collected on until October 1972.

Craig Holstine and Richard Hobbs note in their book Spanning Washington, that the Port Washington Narrows Bridge represents the fulfillment of the steel plate girder design promise, a technology that allows for future widening, addressing traffic capacities, attractiveness, while spanning distances previously requiring trusses.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Port Washington Narrows on WA 303
Location
Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1958
Builders
- Peter Kiewit & Sons of Omaha, Nebraska (Contractor)
- Tudor Engineering Co. of San Francisco, California (Design Firm)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 1,716.9 ft.
Deck width: 55.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Warren Avenue Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.57806, -122.63250   (decimal degrees)
47°34'41" N, 122°37'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/527636/5269470 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bremerton West
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
41,684
Inventory number
BH 48062 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2011: Essay added by K. A. Erickson

Sources 

  • K. A. Erickson